Malakand Rural Development Project

Malakand Rural Development Project

Working Area

Fund PKR Funding Agency


District Buner 3,800,000,000 ADB & Govt of KP

Jan 2002 – Dec 2007

Malakand Rural Development Project (MRDP) was a multi-sector area development initiative aimed at the creation of sustainable structures at the grassroots level to address rural poverty through enhancing the livelihood of the rural poor. There were five components of MRDP namely Community Development (CD), Community Managed Infrastructure (CMI), Gender and Development (GAD), Agriculture Livestock and Natural Resources Management (ALNRM), and Rural Financial Services (RFS). Under the RFS component, individual lending was made to the needy and potential people of the area, who could establish micro-level income-generating activity. The recovery of the amount remained 100%. About 400 VDOs and WDOs have been formed at the village level, more than 200 community-managed infrastructure schemes such as irrigation, water supply, sanitation, micro-hydropower units, and jeep-able tracks schemes have been completed on the basis of a participatory approach, quality seeds, and breeds along with the new techniques in the fields of agriculture, livestock and natural resource management were introduced, and more than 3000 female activists were trained in various skills; vocational, handcrafting, cutting and sewing, health, education Under the cross-cutting component of Gender and Development more than 3000 female activists were trained in various skills such as vocational, handcrafting, cutting and sewing. Health was the major activity carried out under this component. Two hundred (200) TBAs on clean and safe delivery practices were trained through the District Health Department and sixty-four (64) LHVs and Midwiferies were trained through Provincial Health Services Academy Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. All these components were process-oriented. Social Mobilization was the essence of all the components. Two hundred Village Organizations for men and one hundred and seventy women organizations have been formed in the district through which the components of the project were implemented. This gave empowerment to the community at the grassroots level.